Colin James - As he's been to countless other artists, the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan was the main inspiration for Colin James, whose first musical love was folk music. James developed a keen interest for the blues by his early teens, and he formed the HooDoo Men at the age of sixteen. James met Stevie Ray in 1983, and Vaughan became his mentor. He was signed to Virgin Records and he released his first, self-titled album in 1988. His next album, "Sudden Stop", did very well in Canada, and he duetted with Bonnie Raitt on one of the tracks. His third album was stunning. Called "Colin James and The Big Band", it featured some of the tightest swing/boogie/blues rock you're ever likely to hear! He's released a number of albums since, including this more mainstream "Bad Habits" album, which features a great version of Kevin Coyne's "Saviour".
  

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Biography by Richard Skelly
This Canadian guitarist, singer and songwriter is Canada's answer to the U.S.'s Chris Duarte or Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Colin Munn grew up in Saskatchewan, listening to folk and blues. After learning the pennywhistle and mandolin, he quit school and worked with a succession of bands, among them, the Hoo Doo Men.

When he was 19 years old, he moved to Vancouver and joined the Night Shades. About two years later, performing under his changed name, Colin James, he was lucky enough to be noticed by the folks at Virgin Records, who signed him. James's 1988 self-titled debut was the fastest-selling album in Canadian history, and he followed that in 1990 with Sudden Stop, and Colin James and the Little Big Band in 1993. In 1995, James switched over to Warner Music Canada, and released Bad Habits. On Bad Habits, James is teamed with some good company: Bobby King and Terry Evans, Mavis Staples, guitarist Waddy Wachtel, Lenny Kravitz and former Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble keyboardist Reese Wynans.

All of James's albums are well-recorded affairs. The only problem is, he doesn't tour the U.S. very much, and spends most of his time in Canada. In 1998, he toured with Steve Winwood, Little Feat and Keith Richards; Colin James & the Little Big Band II followed a year later. 

 

 

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he Arc Angels
Charlie Sexton
Keith Richards
Little Feat
John Lang
Chris Duarte
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The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Jeff Healey
Jimi Jamison

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Colin James - 1988 - Colin James - 4/5

Colin James - 1990 - Sudden Stop - 3/5

Colin James - 1993 - Colin James and the Little Big Band - 3/5

Colin James - 1995 - Bad Habits - 4/5

Colin James - 1998 - Colin James and the Little Big Band II - 3/5

Colin James - 1998 - National Steel - 3/5

Colin James - 2004 - Traveler - 3/5

Colin James - 2005 - Limelight - 2.5/5

Colin James - 2006 - Little Big Band, Vol. 3 - 4/5

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